At first, it's Louis's cousin Bob who teases Fanny out of her grief, but ultimately Louis, 10 years younger than Fanny, is the one who wins her heart. My apologies if my review is clear as mud, but again I wanted to love it and it just didn't quite pan out. I was never very captivated by either of them. This book had so much potential. Because both Fanny Stevenson's and Robert Louis Stevenson's lives are fascinating.
I do not have an expert opinion on this book. Stevenson and combines them with her own imaginings to give to us this love story. Despite such renderings, the characters remain at arm's length from the reader and their mutual passion never touches us. Yes, death is the end for all! I definitely recommend Alexandra Lapierre's book. Why does their relationship endure? I found Part One to be a bit cumbersome.
The reader encounters little gems of wording by the author that add enjoyment. Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers! There were two reasons for this. It is surprising that I never went on to read any more of his books but that is going to change. Stevenson, an aspiring and penniless writer, was gravely ill when he finally won her heart. Too those who love us we are remembered. I didn't feel like I was reading a story; the writing didn't come alive. Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr.
The cover itself is even mysterious and curious. Those who are aware of Stevenson's masterpiece works, such as Treasure Island, have probably imagined the author - if they thought about him at all - as being a strong, rugged individual capable of participating in his own action tales. I have to confess that I am not fully on board with the recent trend of books narrated by the spouses of historical figures. The story of Robert Louis Stevenson - Louis - and Fannie Osbourne's lives, as they collided and then collaborated, is a monumental tale about two people, their predispositions a little pride, a little prejudice , and how love truly can be a force that changes lives, if only you are willing to follow your heart and take the risk to love fully. Very vivid fiction writing about famous people. Their travels are not inspired by a wanderlust or romantic intent to see the world together; really, it's a whirlwind search to find an ideal location for Stevenson's weak lungs. So, the two books complement each other.
My one quibble is that the book dragged in some parts and could have been edited down into a stronger story. She wants her name added as a co-author. In fact, there were concerns at Stevenson's death that his real life adventures would overshadow his literary achievements, as, yes, this was all based on fact. She was her best creation. I didn't relate to these characters, I didn't empathize with them, and I didn't understand the choices that they were making. She was considered an exotic woman, with a dark complexion that contributed to her aura.
For me, it was a bit of an ordeal. The inspiration of this intimate love story follows the life and adventures of a sickly Louis and a fiery Fannie each not wanting to stop until their life is truly their own, something they achieve together. This be the verse you grave for me, Here he lies where. Under the Wide and Starry Sky was a surprise, not because it was good, but because it was about Robert Louis Stevenson. For example, I wondered where Fanny's children, Belle and Sammy, were when she went with Louis and had surgery in London. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.
The most interesting part was when he was writing. At the end, it leaves us almost as bereft as Fanny when, after living many more years of life than he ever expected, her beloved dies Judy B. The characters were dynamic, but they almost felt forced. With both individuals looking to escape family difficulties, the two meet and fall in love at an artists' retreat in France. It's unfortunate, because I really thought I was going to like this one, and it was well-written in that the words flowed nicely and the dialogue was believable, but I just didn't find myself captivated by Under the Wide and Starry Sky, so I had to stop reading.
Thomas Stevenson was not very supportive of his son's career choice, he wanted him to build lighthouses or study law, neither occupation called to Louis and he went through periods of poverty without his parents support. The novel goes on to describe Fanny's return to America she is later followed by Louis and her divorce from Sam, marriage to Louis, and their years spent in the South Pacific traveling from one island to another. The story comes to life. Stevenson often credited his wife with keeping him alive, quite literally. She could have eliminated nearly 100 pages by consolidating some of that material. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.
Stevenson's illness and its impact is well drawn, as Horan captures the frustration of a vibrant mind trapped within a weak body. Here, we have the exact opposite, big-hearted people who are full of life, busting with excitement, traveling to exotic places and embracing it all. All in all, I did enjoy the story. So thank you Nancy Horan for educating me Barbara H. Certain relationships needed further exploration; various scenes continued needlessly. This be the verse you 'grave for me: Here he lies where he long'd to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.